Republicans have expressed reservations about approving more funds for Ukraine, a move that administration officials are countering by linking the aid to financial support for Israel’s defense mechanisms. Shalanda Young, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, emphasized on a recent call that it’s the administration’s responsibility to inform Congress about these urgent financial needs and expects prompt legislative action.
National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan also urged Congress to stand with President Joe Biden in refuting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent comments suggesting that Ukraine would collapse within a week without U.S. support. Sullivan stated that Putin is wagering on the U.S. abandoning its commitment to Ukraine and the coalition of supportive countries it has assembled over the past year and a half. He added that existing funds allocated for Ukraine are nearly depleted, making immediate congressional action imperative.
Alongside the funding for Ukraine and Israel, the White House is requesting $13.6 billion to address immigration issues at the southern border. This includes $6.4 billion for border facilities, $3.1 billion for additional border agents, $1.4 billion for migrant shelters and services, and $1.2 billion to combat fentanyl.
Senate Republicans have indicated that any emergency funding bill should also include a significant allocation for border security, along with policy changes, which are usually not part of such bills. Young criticized Congress for previously overlooking the administration’s request for $4 billion in border funding.